A Petition initiated by International Scholars

We, the undersigned protest the false allegations by the government of the state of Maharashtra against Professor Anand Teltumbde and strongly condemn the threat of his imminent arrest. Professor Teltumbde’s house was illegally searched by the Maharashtra police on August 28, 2018. The state and central governments then acted in concert to concoct manifestly baseless charges against Dr. Teltumbde, and have threatened him with arrest under the UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) Act, a draconian law that allows the state to suspend a citizen’s right to a fair trial and detain him or her indefinitely. Such dangerous allegations against one of India’s leading and most prolific public intellectuals is a grave attack on democracy and civil liberties, and urgent redress is necessary.

Professor Teltumbde is a distinguished scholar, civil rights activist, and one of India’s leading public intellectuals. Admired by many as an organic intellectual of the Dalit community, his writings have contributed immensely to critical debates on democracy, globalization and social justice. He has simultaneously built an academic career as a management scientist specializing in the cutting-edge fields of ‘big data analytics’ and cybernetics, in which he also enjoys a stellar reputation. His astute analysis on the dynamics of caste and class and on the relevance of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar (an eminent scholar of caste and who is the chief architect of the Indian Constitution) for contemporary society are essential references for scholars and are required reading at many of our universities. He is frequently an invited speaker at international conferences, demonstrating the respect his work commands all over the globe.

The attack on Dr. Teltumbde is only the latest in an ongoing series of attacks on human rights lawyers, civil rights activists and scholars engineered by the Right-wing Hindu nationalist party ruling at the center and the state. Since June 2018, nine activists have been imprisoned on similar fabricated charges as Dr. Teltumbde. The arrested are Sudha Bharadwaj, Varavara Rao, Vernon Gonsalves, Arun Ferreira, Surendra Gadling, Mahesh Raut, Rona Wilson, Shoma Sen and Sudhir Dhawale. Two others, Gautam Navlakha and Stan Swamy are also under threat of arrest in the same case. This group of twelve are among India’s most respected activists and intellectuals who have consistently fought for the democratic rights of the socially marginalized and oppressed groups, such as Dalits (formerly treated as “untouchables”), Adivasis (Indigenous tribal communities), workers, and religious minorities. As long-time observers of Indian democracy, we are shocked by the state’s vicious persecution of intellectual-activists who have devoted their lives to the defense of the powerless and the weak. Moreover, in targeting Dr. Teltumbde, a man of exceptional antecedent as a corporate leader, high caliber academician and celebrated public intellectual, the state is sending a message to the entire country that it could go to any extent to repress the voice of people if they dare to dissent.

In solidarity with the accused, and with unequivocal support to Dr. Teltumbde and the others, we urge the governments of Maharashtra and India to act with conscience, to withdraw all charges and to uphold democracy.

As scholars committed to democracy and social justice, we demand that :

* All actions to arrest Dr. Anand Teltumbde be stopped immediately.
* All charges against Dr. Anand Teltumbde and the above mentioned activists be dropped.

Quick References

Dr. Anand Teltumbde was illegally arrested in the wee hours of Saturday, February 2, when he arrived at Mumbai airport. The Pune sessions court termed his arrest illegal and forced the Pune police to release him. This arrest & release drama is no consolation at all because Anand’s bail petition will be heard in the Mumbai High Court before February 11, 2019, the date set by the Supreme Court. Our campaign therefore is even more urgent at this time. *****************************************************

Signatures: (total 607)

Name & AffiliationComments
Dr. Pavithra Vasudevan, Assistant Professor, The University of Texas at Austin
Ram Mahalingam, Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Raja Swamy, University of Tennessee
Mabel Denzin Gergan, florida state university
Bertin Louis, The University of Tennessee
Octavio Barajas, Bakersfield CollegeAction is needed immediately!
feroz mehdi, Independent scholar
Balmurli Natrajan, Professor, William Paterson University of New Jersey, USAThe UAPA has no place in a democracy
Professor Meena Dhanda, University of Wolverhampton If your critical thinking matches even a fraction of these brave activists‘ courageous calling out of casteism and corporate plunder, then you must stand by them and join the signatories of this statement.
Atreyi Dasgupta, Scientist, Baylor College of MedicineIn solidarity!
Robert M. David, SIDGS – University of Ottawa
Nicholas Copeland, Virginia Tech
Guillaume Dandurand, Université de Sherbrooke
Prof Pritam Singh, University of Oxford
Peter Cheyne, Shimaner University, Japan
Catherine Matsuo, Independent
Sandeep Moon, IIM Calcutta
Navdeep Mathur , IIM Ahmedabad This is a heinous attack on Prof Teltumbde, amongst our most outstanding public intellectuals who stands for social justice
Anil K. Chaudhary, Mahatma Gandhi Kashi Vidyapith, VaranasiThis is fasist govt.
Doris R. Jakobsh, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, CanadaIn solidarity with the accused, and with unequivocal support to Dr. Teltumbde and the others, we urge the governments of Maharashtra and India to act with conscience, to withdraw all charges and to uphold democracy. As scholars committed to democracy and social justice, we demand that • All actions to arrest Dr. Anand Teltumbde be stopped immediately. • All charges against Dr. Anand Teltumbde and the above mentioned activists be dropped.
Eleanor Nesbitt, University of WarwickIndia, show your capacity for respect of difference and your support for intellectuals of international standing.
Professor Mike Thelwall, University of Wolverhampton
Dr Albert Atkin, Macquarie University, Australia
Professor Dr. Hans-Johann Glock, University of ZurichI am very concerned about the persecution of Professor Teltumbde and will do my best to aler Swiss universities to this inacceptable campaign against him
Stella Sandford, Kingston University, UK
Vishal Gaikwad, University of Arizona – James E Rogers College of Law
Kaveri Qureshi, Edinburgh university
Dr Kanchana N Ruwanpura, University of Edinburgh
Dr Goldy M George, Dalit Mukti Morcha, ChhattisgarhStop fabricating intellectuals, authors, scholars, academicans, lawyers, human rights defenders, activists, and other professionals under the fake pretext of Maoists or Maoist conduct or supporters. The state should end Maoism by engaging with the problems of the oppression, exploitation, marginalisation, suppression and repression instead of applying repressive and draconian laws to suppress democratic voices like that of Anand Teltumbde
Priyamvada Gopal, University of Cambridge
Cosimo Zene, SOAS University of London
Ahonaa Roy, Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay
Christian Haesemeyer , University of Melbourne
Professor Robert Jackson, Independent Scholar
Prof Ben Rogaly, University of Sussex
Professor Andy Hamilton, Durham University
Hugo Gorringe, University of Edinburgh
Mohan J. Dutta, Massey University
Sangeeta Kamat, UMASS AmherstThe Indian government should be honoring Prof. Teltumbde for his social and intellectual contribution to society, not imprisoning him!
Prof. Nur Masalha, University of London
Prof. Philip Goodchild, University of Nottingham
Dr Annapurna Waughray, Manchester Metropolitan University
Jennifer Saul, University of Sheffield
Dr Gurnam Singh, Coventry University, UKSadly indigenous people across the world are being subject to ethnic cleansing and genocide and threatening public intellectuals like Prof Teltumbde, we should be honouring them.
Shah, London School of Economics and Political Science
Nushra Mansuri, Coventry UniversityI was very concerned to hear about this and want to show my solidarity
Eleanor Parker, Coventry University
Luke Tibbits, Coventry University
Helen Steward, University of Leeds, UK
Phil Vellender , Independent scholar
Nicole Thiara, Nottingham Trent University
Arpita Chakraborty, Dublin City University
Prof Salim Vally, University of Johannesburg
Dr Kevin Magill, University of Wolverhampton
Snehal Shingavi, University of Texas, Associate Professor, Department of English
Niharika P, LSE
Mike Cushman , Independent Scholar (LSE rtd)
James Dickins, University of Leeds
Ameena Khan, University of Wolverhampton
Mona Bhan, DePauw University
Phaedra C Pezzullo, University of Colorado Boulder
Dr. Madhurima Chakraborty , Columbia College Chicago
Mukesh Kulriya, University of California, Los Angeles
Ritty Lukose, New stork University
Paroj, London School of Economics and Political Science
Luisa Steur, University of Amsterdam
Richa Nagar, University of Minnesota
Rupa Viswanath, University of Göttingen
Rashee Mehra, Independent Researcher
Supriya Chaudhuri, Jadavpur University
Christine Broughan, Coventry
Rebecca Tarlau, Penn State University
Carol Anne Spreen, University professor
Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Syracuse University
Pádraig Carmody, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Tricia Redeker Hepner , University of Tennessee
Sima Shakhsari, University of Minnesota
Marion Werner, SUNY-Buffalo
Svati Shah, University
Kiran Asher, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Aparajita , CUNY
Daanish Mustafa, King’s College London
Amrita Dhar, The Ohio State University
Deepankar Basu, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kofi-Charu Nat Turner, UMass Amherst
Anindya Raychaudhuri, University of St Andrews, Scotland, UK
Satya P Mohanty, Cornell University
Rajeswari Sunder Rajan, New York University
Jayeeta Sharma, University of Toronto
Leila Gautham, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kartik Misra, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kiran Mirchandani, Univ of Toronto
Hendrik Van den Berg, University of Massachusetts AmherstI strongly sup port this statement. Academic freedom must be maintained everywhere.
Roozbeh Shirazi, University of Minnesota
Amrita Basu, Amherst College
Devika Dutt, University of Massacusetts Amherst
Radhika Desai, University of Manitoba
Priyanka Srivastava, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
da.trotz@utoronto.ca, University of Toronto
Lawrence King, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Rupal Oza, Hunter College, CUNY
Kanta Murali, University of Toronto
Zaheer Baber, University of Toronto
Salma Ismail, University of Cape Town
Bridget Diana, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Linda Peake, York University
Shailaja Paik, University of Cincinnati
Gary Michael Tartakov, Iowa State Univrsity, EmeritusI know the Bhima Koregaon from visiting and from its importance as the site chosen by Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, for one of his first public demonstrations of Dalit pride. The fact that casteist politicians chose it as the location for an attack on Dalits and now casteist police have chosen that attack as a twisted excuse for an assault Anand Teltumbde goes to the heart of the contemporary struggle of Dalits against the caste system that continues to hold modern India enthralled. Teltumbde is one of the most important writers and activists in the Dalit struggle. An attack upon him is an attack on the Dalit struggle for human rights. Teltumbde’s work is a brilliant exposé of caste aggression and caste atrocities, known throughout India and the world, where he has been invited to speak and share his understandings.
Navyug Gill, William Paterson University
e. ahmet tonak, umass amherst
Jacqueline Suthren Hirst, University of Manchester Honorary Research FellowIt is vital that India, as a modern democracy, allows freedom of speech particularly to its public intellectuals. Repression of this sort can never be justified.
Izaura Carvalho, Umass Amherst
Mrinalini Sinha, Scholar
Srila Roy, Wits University, Johannesburg
Malini Ranganathan, Assistant Professor, American University, Washington, DC
ler35@cornell.edu, Cornell University
Supurna Banerjee, IDSK
Stefan Eich, Princeton University
Keisha L. Green, University of Massachusetts – Amherst
Ajay Skaria, University of MinnesotaIt is shocking that scholars like of Prof. Teltumbde are being harrassed by the government
Dr. Mark Ginsburg, University of Maryland
Josna Regew, Worcester State University
Antoni Verger, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona
Joel Wainwright, Ohio State University
Michael Goldman, University of Minnesota
Ariane Laurent-Smith, University of Oxford
Tapsi Mathur, New York University Shanghai
Yatendra KUMAR, M.J.P. Rohilkhand University, Bareilly UP indiaAll actions to arrest Dr. Anand Teltumbde be stopped immediately. • All charges against Dr. Anand Teltumbde and the above mentioned activists be dropped.
Dr. Rose Casey, West Virginia University
Shaunak Sastry, University of Cincinnati
Dr Sinead Kennedy, Maynooth University, Ireland
Zenzele Isoke, University of Minnesota, Twin CitiesEnd attempts to revive state fascism in India and all of the world now!
Casey Buchholz, UMass-Amherst
Gabriel Varghese , The Kenyon Institute (East Jerusalem)
Katja Laug, University of Warwick
Ananyo Maitra, LJP, Sorbonne University
Richard Steigmann-Gall, Kent State University, Ohio, USA
Kunalsingh Ramchurn , Independent Scholar
Patrick R. Grzanka, Ph.D., University of Tennessee
Vidya Kalaramadam, William Paterson University of New Jersey
Vidura Jang Bahadur, Northwestern University
Anjali Arondekar, Professor, University of California
Hilary Lennon, University of Dublin, TCD, Ireland
Celina Su, City University of New York
Gyunghee Park, University College Cork
Alexei Penzin, University of Wolverhampton (UK)
Tanya Singh, King’s College London
Zoe Lawlor, University of Limerick
Vinay Gidwani, University of Minnesota
Adam Hardy, Cardiff University
Robert deCaroli, George Mason University
Rishita Nandagiri, PhD Candidate, LSE
Shefali Chandra, Washington University in St. Louis. USA.
Radhika Balakrishnan , Rutgers University
Francis Cody, University of Toronto
Kajri Jain, University of Toronto
Cathleen Cummings, The University of Alabama at Birmingham
Ajay Rao, University of Toronto
Srilata Raman, University of Toronto
Maria Chehonadskih, The University of Wolverhampton
Sheeva Sabati, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dr Taylor C Sherman, London School of Economics
Roger Crisp, Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford
Deepak Kapur, University of New Mexico
Anustup Basu, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
Amit Rahul Baishya, University of Oklahoma
Tomas Rocha, Fordham University
Chrystal George Mwangi, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Heather Teague, PhD, The University of Texas at Austin
Ania Loomba, University of Pennsylvania
Öykü Potuoglu Cook, UCR
Yasmin Saikia, Arizona State University
Ankur Tamuli Phukan, Research Scholar, Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta
Amritjit Singh, Ohio University
Christine Hong, UC Santa Cruz
Jennifer Kelly , UCSC
Neda Atanasoski, UCSC
Dominique D-Lefebvre, London School of Economics
pauline lipman, university of illinois at chicago
Kysa Nygreen, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Bret Leraul, Bucknell University
Subho Basu, McGill UniversityThis is nothing but an authoritarian way to silence voice of dissent.
Nick Mitchell, University of California, Santa Cruz
Anthony J Bebbington, Clark University
Shamira Meghani, University of Cambridge
Salih Can Aciksoz, UCLA
Swargajyoti Gohain, Ashoka University
Joseph Kane, UMass Amherst
Brent Edwards, University of Hawaii
Kanishka Goonewardena, University of Toronto
Steven J Klees, University of Maryland
Rafael Vizcaino, Rutgers University
Ryan D’Souza, University of South Florida
Niharika Dinkar, Boise State University
William McEvoy, University of Sussex, UK
Suvir Kaul, University of Pennsylvania
Anu Sharma, Wesleyan University
Keith Reader, University of London Institute in Paris
Ilan Kapoor, Professor, York University, Toronto, Canada
Denise Humphreys Bebbington, Clark University
Cristine Smith, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Sarah Hodges, University of Warwick
Stefan Kipfer, York University, Toronto
Jason W, LAPES
Aparna Sundar, Independent Scholar
Gautam Premnath, Independent Scholar
S. Shankar, University of Hawaii
Cindi Katz, CUNY Graduate Center
Sylvia Hurtado, UCLA
Bettina Aptheker, University of California, Santa Cruz
Dan Clawson, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Siddharth Bharath Iyengar, University of Minnesota, USA
Regina Day Langhout, University of California, Santa Cruz
Aditi Chandra, University of California, Merced
Scott Henstrand, Independent
Jay Arena, College of Staten IslandDrop the charges now!
Claire Urbanski, University of California, Santa Cruz
Matthew Flynn, Georgia Southern University
Tamar R Shirinian, Millsaps College
Tariq Thachil, Vanderbilt University
Mohit Arora, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Andrew Ridgeway, University of Vermont
Rita Banerjee, Freelance editorial consultant
Tamoghna Halder, University of California, Davis
Madhurima Nundy, Institute of Chinese Studies
Anindya Sengupta, Jadavpur University
Apoorva Gautam, Palestine Solidarity
Subhadeepta, Tezpur University
Ned Bertz, University of Hawai’i
S Seigoulien Haokip, JNUIn a situation where a public intellectual can be arrested, it means anybody can be arrested.
Narinder Bhatia , Independent
Zeynep Korkman, University of California Los Angeles
Emily, UMass Amherst
Muralikrishnan R B, The National University of advanced legal studies, Kochi
Joe Rodrigues, Independent Researcher
Stuart Russell, Macquarie University School of Law, Sydney Australia (retired)
Sanjukta Mukherjee, DePaul University
Jesus F. Chairez-Garza, University of Manchester
Dilan Yildirim , Harvard University
Nidhi Mahajan, University of California, Santa Cruz
Vikramaditya Sahai, Independent scholar
Darshana Mini, University of Southern California
Murali Shanmugavelan , SOAS, University of London.
Aswin Kumar, Nuals
Arpita Biswas, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Piya CHATTERJEE, Scripps College
Raghunath , Independent ScholarI pledge my commitment to this extremely urgent and important struggle to uphold the right to dissent and resist the malicious attack on democratic values by the state
Mita Deshpande, Independent Scholar
Nirali Joshi, India Institute, King’s College London
Matthew Caley, St Andrews
Ximena Zuñiga, Professor, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Ruchira Sen, Global institute for sustainable prosperity
Shireen Maswood, Calcutta University (Retd)Such repression will not be tolerated
Louis Bayman , University of Southampton
Neel Ahuja, University of California, Santa Cruz
Eduard Leonard Fanthome, Stanford University
Lissa Lincoln, The American University of Paris
Robert Cassen, LSEI sympathise with this petition.
Radhika Mongia, Associate Professor, York University
Blessy Abraham , University of Delhi
Deepti Misri, University of Colorado Boulder
Ananya Chatterjea, University of Minnesota DancePlease undo the unlawful and unjust arrest of Professor Teltumbde!
Niyanthini Kadirgamar, University of Massachusetts
Dr Divya Sharma, University of Sussex
Vamsi Vakulabharanam, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Grace Hong, UCLA
Biju Mathew, Rider University, NJ
Nilanjana Bhattacharjya, Arizona State University
David Palumbo-Liu, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor, Stanford University, USA
Bhaskar Raychaudhuri, Independent individual
Cynthia Franklin , University of Hawai’i
Urmitapa Dutta, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Sayori Ghoshal, Columbia University
subhradip ghosh, Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati
Sara Feldman , Harvard University
Maria Damon, Pratt Institute of Art
Tor Krever, University of Warwick
Francisco Perez, University of Massachusetts
Sugandh Gupta, University of North Carolina
Shraddha Chatterjee, York University
Arushi Garg, University of Oxford
Vinay Lal, University of California, Los AngelesDr Anand Teltumbde is not only a distinguished scholar of Dalit history, but he is also a fearless advocate of the rights of Dalits and others in India who remain disenfranchised. He has done nothing more than exercise his rights of freedom of speech and act as a voice of conscience. The attempts to stifle his voice must be condemned in the strongest possible terms and it is imperative that people rise to his defense.
Jamila Lyiscott, UMass Amherst
Jeffrey Grimes, University of Texas, Austin
Daniel Neuman, UCLA
Robin D. G. Kelley, UCLA
katharine e wallerstein, UC Berkeley
Banu Subramaniam, Univ of Massachusetts, Amherst
Kavita Philip, University of California IrvineOpinions personal, not representing employer or profession.
Akeel Bilgrami, Columbia University
Rohit De, Yale University
Sankaran Krishna, University of Hawaii at Manoa
gyanendra pandey, Emory UniversityThe courts must work to protect the fundamental rights of citizens as citizens, and this requires immediate action to secure the release and safety of peace-loving and justice-seeking activists like Anand Teltumbde.
Sondra Hale, University of California, Los Angeles
Saiba Varma, University of California
Ann Norinne Suk, UNC – Chapel Hill
Swati Chattopadhyay, University of California, Santa Barbara
Gyan Prakash, Princeton University
Paul Courtright, Emory University
Kaley Mason, Lewis & Clark College
Pallavi Rao, Indiana University, BloomingtonAll actions to arrest Dr. Anand Teltumbde be stopped immediately. All charges against Dr. Anand Teltumbde and the above mentioned activists be dropped.

Sarada Balagopalan, Rutgers University
Jinee Lokaneeta, Drew UniveristyAll these concocted charges against Dr Teltumbde and other activists should be dropped.
Zach Sell, Brown University
Ryan Schmitt, University of Illinois
Mekhola Gomes, University of Toronto Mississauga
Rajgopal Saikumar, New York University
Srirupa Prasad, University of Missouri-Columbia
Daniel Elam, Cornell University/University of Hong KongI stand in support of Anand Teltumbde, his work, his activism, and his continued important role in the Indian and global political sphere.
Kartik Nair, Temple University
William M. Crane, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Naomi Waltham-Smith, University of Warwick
Reecha Das, Rutgers University
Aishwary Kumar, Stanford University
Rini B. Mehta, University of Il linois
Scott Marcus, University of California Santa Barbara: Music Department
Chetana Sabnis , World Bank
Chinnaiah Jangam , Carleton University
Rahul Mukherjee, University of Pennsylvania
faranak miraftab, faranak
Anna Stirr, University of Hawaii
Projit Bihari Mukharji, University of Pennsylvania
Heather Zoller, University of Cincinnati
Karuna Mantena, Yale University
Karuna , York University
Maia Ramnath, Fordham University
Sudipta Kaviraj, Columbia University, New York
Partha Chatterjee, Columbia University
Samantha Agarwal, Johns Hopkins UniversityStop this fascist witch hunt against anti-caste activists and defenders of Indian democracy. The world is watching the Indian state!
Nalini Iyer, Seattle University
Kaushik Sunder Rajan, University of ChicagoUniversity of Chicago
Chris Moffat, Queen Mary University of London
Māhealani Ahia, University of Hawai’i Manoa
Bidisha Pal, IIT Dhanbad
Cristina Bacchilega, Prof Dept of English, University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu
Joey Kim, Boston University
Joel Lee, Williams College
Smita Pakhale, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Univ. of Ottawa, CanadaOnce free speech is gone, academic freedom is gone and so is democracy.
Patricia Boulhosa, University if Cambridge, UK
Basavaraja Kodagunti, Central Universoty of Karnataka

Pieter Friedrich, Independent ScholarBJP’s repression of academics is tantamount to INC’s repression of journalists during Emergency.
Carmel Christy, International Institute of Asian Studies, Leiden
Nathaniel Roberts, University of Göttingen
Dawn Morais Webster Ph.D., University of Hawaii (Adjunct)
Kama Maclean, UNSW
Rajesh Venugopal, London School of Economics
Bhavani Raman, Department of History, University of Toronto
Parnil, University of DelhiTeltumbde is the top most scholar on the Amberkarite thought at present. He is an honest intellectual. I don’t feel that he can ever incite violence.
Srirupa Roy, University of Göttingen
Avishek Konar, O.P. Jindal Global University
Krupa R, Goldsmiths, University of London
Ramesh bhangi, Independent I support him
John Harriss, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada
Shalmaly Mukherjee , University of Delhi
Ria, Kol
I, Sudhir Chandra, strongly support this letter of protest., Independent scholar
Chetan Bhatt, London School of Economics & Political Science
Divya Cherian, Princeton University
Anuradha Needham, Oberlin College
Katyayani Dalmia , The New School
Professor Steve Taylor, Northumbria UniversityStrongly support Dr. Teltumbde, one of the workd’s greatest social scientists and academics. I am horrified by the actions of the Indian government
Arunabh Ghosh, Harvard University
Brian Lander, Brown University
Surabhi Ranganathan, University of Cambridge
Nayanika Mathur, University of Oxford
Dipti Khera, New York University
Siddharth Soni, University of CambridgeI stand in solidarity with Prof Teltumbde.
Alice Ping-hsiu Lin, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Lilly Irani, UC San Diego
Lalit Vachani, University of Göttingen
Puneet Bhasin, Harvard University, Brown University
Madhusree Mukerjee, Writer
Elizabeth Lord, Brown University
Abhilash Medhi, Brown University
Raza Mir, William Paterson University
Anna Schultz, University of Chicago
Amanda Reinke, Georgia College
Jay Rajiva, Georgia State University
Nesrine Chahine, Stockton
Ken Wolkin, Independent Scholar
Pallavi Rastogi, Louisiana State University
Bishnupriya Ghosh, University of California – Santa Barbara
Amanda Gilbertson, University of Melbourne
Laura E. Lyons, University of Hawai’i at MānoaAll peoples deserve freedom of speech, the right to criticize their governments and to be free from harassment, false allegations and to be given, in any case, a fair trial of any allegations brought against them. This case represents a serious breach of basic human rights.
Nakul , ChalChitra Abhiyaan
Abha Sur, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Falguni A. Sheth, Emory University, WGSS
Shobna Nijhawan, York University
Molly Emma Aitken, The City College of New York
david ludden, nyu
Abhishek Bhattacharyya, PhD candidate, University of Chicago
Rob Spillman, Columbia University, New York City
Dr. Sé Sullivan, UC Berkeley/Mills College
Sanjay Joshi, Northern Arizona University
Patricia Penn Hilden, University of California, Berkeley
Vivek V. Narayan, Stanford UniversityThese arrests, of Anand Teltumbde and other respected activists, reveal the anti-democratic forces at work in our country. Protests and political organizing lie at the heart of democracy; to criminalize dissent by arresting organizers and intellectuals such as Teltumbde is to make democracy impossible.
M. V. Ramana, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
R. Radhakrishnan, University of California, Irvine, USA
Purnima Bose, Indiana University
Sathwik NN, Goldsmith’s university
Sujata Moorti, Middlebury College
Cynthia Wright, York University
John David Zuern, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Meeta Rani Jha , University of California, Berkeley
Meghant Sudan, Boise State University
Jean Beaman, Purdue University
Prashant, McGill University
Subha Xavier, Emory University
Charles R. LAwrence III, University of Hawaii, Manoa
Ashok Prasad, Colorado State University
Manu Chander, Rutgers University – Newark
Timothy Brennan, U of Minnesota
Mary McDonough, University of North Carolina at GreensboroProfessor Teltumbde should be allowed to live in peace and continue his important work.
Julia Ftacek, Western Michigan University
h. bruce Franklin, Rutgers University–Newark
Sunaina Maira, University of California-Davis
Sarah Storti, University of Virginia
Kathryn Nogue, University of Regina (Canada)
Meghna Singh, Zubaan
Spencer Dodd, Iowa State University
Brian Rejack, Illinois State University
• And that all charges against Dr. Anand Teltumbde and the above mentioned activists be dropped.
Mia Chen, Independent scholar< /td>
Muireann Crowley, University of Edinburgh
aamir qureshi, UC Berkeley
jaoul nicolas, EHESS/IRIS
South Asia Multidiciplinary Academic Journal, CEIAS/EHESS
Gajendran Ayyathurai, CeMIS, Göttingen University, Germany.
Rasika Ajotikar, University of Goettingen
Asiya Islam, University of Cambridge
Sarah Dowling, University of Toronto
Durgesh solanki, Johns Hopkins University
Manu Bhagavan, CUNY
Laura Lomas, Rutgers University-NewarkPreventathve arrests and detentions repeat the most egregious aspects of imperial “democracy.” A threat to one public intellectual is a threat to all.
Jini Watson, New York University
Wendell Marsh, Rutgers University
Sadia Abbas, Rutgers University-Newark
Michael Levien, Johns Hopkins University
Junaid Rana, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Yasir Hameed, York University
G. Arunima, JNU
Jenna Skogberg , York University
Dr. Antonio Torres-Ruiz, CERLAC, York UniversityWe need to stand together against threats to the exercise of democratic rights, and the increasingly blatant authoritarian practices by so-called democratic governments, wherever they happen in the world.
Dr/Professor Lorraine Professor Lorraine Code, PhD, DLitt, FRSC Code, Distinguished Research Professor, York University, Toronto, Canada
Susan Ingram, York University
Agnes Whitfield, York University
Markus Reisenleitner, York University
Miguel Gonzalez, York University
Krystal batelaan, York university
ORHUN GUNDUZ, York University
Sara Shamdani, York University
Harshita Yalamarty, York University
Jaison Castro Silva, Instituto Federal do Piauí
Donna Baines, University of Sydney, Australia
Nadia Habib, York University
Nancy Nicol, York University, Toronto Canadain solidarity and support for human and civil rights.
Tariq Amin-Khan, Ryerson University, Canada
DR. C. BIGWOOD, University scholarSuppressing dissent in such a backward unethical fashion only hurts your country’s governance and damages it’s image in the eyes of the international community
Kalyani Devaki Menon, DePaul University
sava saheli singh, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario✊🏽
Piush Antony, Independent ScholarFully support the cause of this petition and it is our duty to uphold democratic values
Gaura Narayan, Purchase College SUNYI support the petition in support of Professor Anand Teltumbde
Jolin Joseph, York University
Virginia Grimaldi, York University
Laila farah, Depaul university
Thomas Blom Hansen, Stanford University
Amina Jamal, Ryerson University
Gabrielle Clarisse Aquino, York University
Colin Mooers, Department of Politics, Ryerson University
Winnie Ng, Ryerson University
Janet Conway, Brock University, Canada
Rafida Ahmed, London School Of Economics/visiting fellow
Bill Fletcher Jr, Common Forces, LLC
pramila aggarwal, independent
Ian Watson, Rutgers University-Newark, NJ 07102, USA
J. Barton Scott, University of Toronto
Jesse Knutson, University of Hawaii
L. A. Kirkland, Independent ScholarWe support justice and protection for Professor Anand Teltumbde, and stand in solidarity.
Sakshi, University of Cambridge
Sushmita Sircar, NYU
Dr. Sedef Arat-Koc, Ryerson University
Robin Hammerman, Independent
Elisabeth Jean Wood, Yale University
Dominick Knowles, Brandeis University
Dr Roger Green, Goldsmiths, University of LondonI fully support this statement of solidarity
Rebecca Colesworthy, Independent Scholar
Daniel Diffendale, University of Missouri
Shailja Sharma , DePaul University
Kathleen Alves, Queensborough Community College, CUNY
Prof Dr. Harald Fischer-Tiné, ETH ZurichI agree with the authors of the above declaration.
Doris Sommer, Harvard UniversityOur academic freedom is the guarantor of good education and social development. I join an international outcry to stop an abuse of power that would put freedom beyond reach.
Geraldine Pratt , University of British Columbia
Eric Sheppard, UCLA
Robyn Spencer, Brooklyn College
Rituparna Sengupta, IIT Delhi
Geoff Mann, Simon Fraser University
Grace-Edward Galabuzi, Ryerson UniversityWe stand with human rights activists and public intellectuals everywhere to demand the freedom Dr. Teltumbde and others facing harassment and abuse at the hands of the Indian government.
Helga Leitner, UCLA
Joanna Simonow, ETH Zurich
Neeraja D, Artist
Dr Arun Kumar, University of York, UK
Nida Kirmani, Lahore University of Management Sciences
Mustafa Koc, Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada
Nik Heynen, University of Georgia
Aparecida Takigawa, independent scholar
Elizabeth Watters, York University, Toronto, Canada/Lecturer
John, Public IntellectualThe attack on Anand Teltumbde’s freedom rights is vivid example of the current faschosphere that we are leaving under the current neugenic yoke of colonially. Teltumbe’s voice is one of hope and possibility in the struggle against viral fascism and authoritarianism that frames segments of the global north and global south. Any attack on freedom is an human rights issue and a crime against humanity.
Duncan K. Foley, New School for Social Research
Vanessa Andreotti, University of British Columbia
Todd Alan Price, National Louis UniversityPlease respect the rights of this academic and scholar.
Siddharth Dube, Independent scholar and writer
Kat Chung, Independent Scholar
Bandana Purkayastha, Independent scholar
Ayça Çubukçu, London School of Economics and Political Science
Snehal Shingavi, University of Texas
Aniruddha Das, Columbia University
Gary Wilder, Graduate Center of the City University of New York
JARBAS SANTOS VIEIRA, University Federal in Pelotas
Rohan Deb Roy, University of Reading
habibe baba, Queen’s University – Kingston Campus
Maria Luiza Sussekind, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro State
Maria Moreira, University of Minho – Portugal
Sanghyuk Shin, University of California Irvine
amélia cunha, Universidade Federal de PelotasPelo FIM da Censura aos ativistas e intelectuais!
Victoria Gichohi, St. John’s Well Child & Family CenterUrging all government officials to consider this as an attack of injustice & release Dr. Teltumbde
Nikisha S Khare, University of Toronto
Hari Bapuji, University of Melbourne
Kathleen Riach, Monash University, Australia
Michael Elmes, WPII demand that

• All actions to arrest Dr. Anand Teltumbde be stopped immediately.
• All charges against Dr. Anand Teltumbde and the above mentioned activists be dropped.
Rahul Nair, Antioch College
Robbin Derry, University of LethbridgeThe world is watching to see how well India upholds true democracy. Lead by example.
Fahreen Alamgir, Monash University
Crystal Whetstone, University of Cincinnati
Sangay Mishra, Drew University
Vasuki Nesiah, NYU
Michael Zyphur , University of Melbourne
Professor Liz Wilson, Miami UniversityI urge the government of Maharashtra to uphold democracy and put a halt to all illegal state actions against Dr. Anand Teltumbde.
Professor Cesare Casarino, University of Minnesota
Joel Lexchin, York UniversityArresting academics who are doing their job is unacceptable.
Mohan Pillai, University of Cincinnati
Malcolm Blincow. Ph.D, Associate Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, York University, Toronto, CANADA
Rogerio Venturini, University of Massachusetts In Solidarity
Shelly Sousa, UMass Dartmouth
Ahilan Kadirgamar, University of Jaffna
Harini Amarasuriya, Open University of Sri Lanka
Mahendran Thiruvarangan, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka
Richard Marens, Emeritus- Sacramento State University
Alvaro Moreira Hypolito, Federal University of Pelotas, Brazil
Nirmal Ranjith Dewasiri, University of Colombo, Sri LankaMy Solidarity is with Professor Anand Teltumbde
Jacqueline Zapata, UNIVERSIDAD AUTÓNOMA DE QUERÉTARO, MéxicoAlto a la represión política… Solidaridad total con el Profesor Anand Teltumbde
Anasuya Sengupta, Whose Knowledge?
Juliana Morris, Independent
Farman Ahmed, IGNOU
Satish Kolluri, Pace Univerdity
Howard Waitzkin, University of New MexicoThis professor’s superb work must be recognized, and he must be protected. Those of us in public health are very concerned.
Patrizia Zanoni , Hasselt University Utrecht University
Torkild Thanem, Stockholm University
John Hassard, University of Manchester UKI fully support the campaign
Scott Taylor, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham
Hugh Willmott, City University of London
Lisa Conrad, Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Guido Palazzo, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Arjun Janah, New York City Department of Education
Sivamohan Sumathy, Univ. of Peradeniya
Nivedita Kothiyal, The York Management School
Goutam Saha , Independent
Wajeeha Shaikh, Independent scholar
ASHWINI TAMBE, University of Maryland
Simanti Dasgupta, University of Dayton
Dr Aziz Choudry, Associate Professor, Department of Integrated Studies in Education, McGill University, Montreal
Michelle Hartman, McGill University
Dolores Chew, Marianopolis College, Montreal
Mubbashir Rizvi, Georgetown University
Mriganka Sur, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Anthony Paré, University of British Columbia
Prof. Dr. Susanne Maurer, University of Marburg, Germany
Leila-Zoe Tichy, Phillips-Universität Marburg
Sophie Vögele, Zurich University of the Arts, Art Education
Dia Da Costa, University of Alberta
Alexandre Da Costa, University of Alberta
Nidhi Srinivas, The New School
GAUTAMKUMAR APPA, London School of Economics
Haimanti Roy, Univeristy of Dayton
Anthony Alessandrini, City University of New York
Nimanthi Rajasingham, Assistant Professor of English, Colgate University
Nira Gupta-Casale, Professor – Kean University, NJ, USA
Noya Kansky, University of California, Santa Cruz
Maliha Safri, Drew UniversityFor the Indian state to now become famous for persecuting Dalits, is an ignominy that the government should avoid at all costs.
Jacqueline Mosselson, UMass
Yahya Madra, Drew University
Prof. Antonia Darder, Loyola Marymount UniversityIn solidarity with Dr. Anand Teltumbde.
Massene Mboup, Portland State University Warmest solidarity.
Christo El Morr , York University
Sangha Padhy, Ramapo CollegeProfessor Teltumbde is a leading public intellectual and a great humanitarian of our times. He represents a key voice in global democratic and human rights discourse.
Katherine Lyons, Massey university
Erika Arteaga Cruz, PhD (c). Universidad Andina Simón Bolívar. Ecuador’. Asociación Latinoamericana de Medicina social
K Perera, University of Colombo
Michelle Greenwood, Monash U
Brian McKenna, University of Michigan-Dearborn
Dr. Sourayan Mookerjea, Department of Sociology, University of Alberta
Samuel B. Torres, Loyola Marymount UniversityI stand in solidarity with Professor Teltumbde and with civil rights scholars and activists around the world. The systematic targeting, incarceration, and other means of silencing leaders in important human rights movements around the world only serves to embolden the masses, raise our collective voices, and demand justice.